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SPLA clashes with militias claims death of 30 and seriously injured 28 people in South Sudan


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 17, 2011 (BENTIU) – South Sudan army, Sudan People’s Liberation army (SPLA) clashed Thursday with militias in the oil rich Unity state leaving more that 30 people dead and seriously injured other 28.

The heavy fighting in Mayom, largest county in the state took place four days after similar clashes in Malakal Upper Nile capital raising fears of violence escalation in the South Sudan which voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence.

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The militias involved in the clashes were part of the Sudan Army Forces (SAF) under the command of Brigadier General Bapiny Monytuel Wijang and Col. Gai Yaoch.

In February, Governor Taban Deng Gai told a group of journalist at Bentiu town that his state government’s first priority is to bring South Sudanese soldiers from Sudan Army Forces and renegade Gatluak Gai forces into SPLA affairs.

He emphasized that their integration needs to be achieved before the declaration of South Sudan’s independence in July.

Gai further said violence issues in the South should be addressed through a peaceful dialogue with all the armed groups, especially those who were part of the northern Sudanese army and militiamen loyal to James Gai Yaoch, Bapiny Monytuel Wijang and Gatluak Gai in Unity state, hoping that a peaceful resolution would be found.

The forces of Bapiny Monytuel Wijang and Gai Yaoch were assembled in Riak Payam at South of Mayom County; these forces came in the area earlier a month carrying heavy weapons from Khartoum claiming to join South Sudanese army.

The clashes started in the area after a visit by officers from SPLA who came to Mayom to discuss the integration of the militiamen into SPLA forces, prison services and police service.

Col. Mathew Puol Jang Top, the militia’s highest ranking officer in Riak payam (district) refused the integration of his forces into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). He explained that his high ranking commanders, especially Brigadier General Bapiny Monytuel and Gai Yaoch, were not present.

The SPLA force commander insisted that there might be dispute if these militias continue to refuse to be intergraded into SPLA Affairs Ministry. Top, who formerly served in the SPLA, took arms against the ruling party Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) after the general election in April 2010, when the SPLM candidate Taban Deng took over from the Independent candidate, Angelina Jany Teny in Unity state.

But SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said the South Sudan army received complaints that the militiamen started to illegally tax the civilians in the area one month after their arrival from the north.

He further told Reuters the militia attacked the SPLA during a visit to investigate the taxation complaints early on Thursday.

"The SPLA responded by attacking their base this morning in heavy clashes for four hours, dislodging them," he said.

Speaking by telephone from his county on Thursday, Mayom Commissioner, Charles Machieng Kuol, told Sudan Tribune that the forces loyal to Col. Mathew Puol Jang in Riak have disregarded the decision made earlier by SPLA officials to start negations on the integration of over 1,500 militia members, into the SPLA affairs.

Kuol further said that the situation is threatening the citizens throughout Unity state and in particular Mayom County, where the recent incidents occurred. He added that the SPLA have right to protect the civilian security within the south.


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  • 19 March 2011 01:04, by Bol Deng

    Militia of Matip Nhial are still in the bush.
    Let SPLM/A adopted the old game and everything will be really fine.

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  • 19 March 2011 03:25, by Bol Deng

    Raan Naath,

    You Nuer are now working against the South Sudan but latter you will still say you had worked for independent.

    These militias in the South are not going bother the SPLM because they will still run like rats.

    No safe heaven or Khartoum this time,the only place will be sky.

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  • 19 March 2011 04:41, by Bol Deng

    Nuer militia from Bull Nuer fight the SPLA because their militia commissioner was replaced by qualified Nuer Bull leader who know more leadership styles.

    When they sees that their militia commissioner has been placed because he has been silence on illegal activities his Nuer militia who came from Khartoum/SAF( North Army who fought the South for decades with them).

    Nuer bull militias could not take it because these militias of Bull Nuer do not welcome the idea of SPLA in the area rather they want to collect illegal money from civilians.

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  • 19 March 2011 05:54, by Odingo

    To son of bitch Augustino Deng and barbaric Bol Deng
    You are sons of bitch and you are not human being, but an animal with no tail between your legs.

    You alway jump into the topped without analyzing the root cause of the conflict first.

    The removal of the former Commissioner as nothing to do with fighting between SPLA and SAF.

    It was misunderstand between two forces. Then, You alway talk of Governor Taban that he is a good Governor. Of course, Mr. Governor Taban is the Governor and first operation commander of SSIM/A who burned down the Dinka militias camp in Mading in 1991.
    I hope you remember 1991 for the rest of your life.

    In Nuer Land they don’t have militias. They have only Nuer Warriors alway don’t give a damn about cowardic Dinka.

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    • 19 March 2011 07:28, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Hey Mr Odingo,

      I know how painful is it when you always wanted to point out the truth especially to those who like to spend their living on looting, stealing, and taking things of the others people by force like Nuer people. On my side, I will never stop cursing Nuer, until the there is a good remarkable changes amongst themselves. Why this Community so call Nuer do not learn since from the begining and until this current time? All Nuer people rebelled and they were forgiven. At the same time, all those Generals who were fighting against the SPLM/SPLA were been unified into the SPLM/SPLA division with there ranks and positions in the SPLM/SPLA. Still, they are not happy.

      Mr. Odingo, if you are from Nuer, and you pretended to be called Odingo, then I can say Nuer community is a useless community forever and I have to say this 100 times. In Unity State, why there is no any riots, or clashs happening in Ruweng Community of Biemnom and Panaruu Community of Panrieng? Do Nuer Community think that these two communities in Unity State do not know how to fight? Because of the preseverence they have in their hearts, that is why these two community do not fight against the SPLM/SPLA. You people of Nuer in Unity State you are trying to make this Unity State as a place for prostitution where any prostitute came from different country such as Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Somalia in order to do business by selling themselves to be sex for money. That is what happening now in Unity.

      Mr.Odingo, look at your comment which you had say in your article. "Then, You always talk of Governor Taban that he is a good Governor. Of course, Mr. Governor Taban is the Governor and first operation commander of SSIM/A who burned down the Dinka militias camp in Mading in 1991." Okay, when Taban was an operation commander of SSIM/A, did he and his masterminded Feign Riek Machar win the victory which they were aiming? Where are they right now? Are they not under the SPLM/SPLA in which they have defected from it? All of these allegations are the proves which show that majority of Nuer as a whole fight for the matter of food, but they do not fight for the seek of liberation like the way Dinka asserted to fight to liberate those wicked hearts people like Nuer who laugh when they saw food. Lastly, Nuer makes this Unity State as a State for rebells. Instead of Unity State, why we do not call it as a REBELL STATE?

      Odingo, one thing I can tell you is that, do not use the name Odingo. There is no Nuer called Odingo, unless he was adopted from Equatoria.

      By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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      • 19 March 2011 19:25, by Gokmethitiit

        Hi Mr. Augustine deng
        Please dear brother, I see you only supporting the SPLA on tribal basis. Please do not think that what your are writing may help in solving the conflict. So I came to conclude that you better look for peaceful ways of eradicating the problem not making false accusations.
        Don’t you know that during the recent fighting one of the SPLA captain was killed who is a son of the Ruweng community and 1st Lt. was killed who is a son of paneruu community. so these communities are also involved in the tribal fights.
        Avoid tribal pulling here in the internet otherwise you wiill be back to Gameer (Omdurman) just to continue drinking your wine (seeko, white bul, and journey walker)

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        • 20 March 2011 02:41, by AUGUSTINO DENG

          Dr Mr Gokmethitiit,

          I think you are running out of the supportive words with which to support your argument. I had never heard any one from Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom County involving in looting, stealing and killing others people just because of satisfying his own thirst, nor I had never even had any one from Dinka Panaruu Community of Panrieng County involving himself in such riots Nuer people are always doing. The 1st Leuteniet who was killed in Panrieng territory was not killed because he was looting, but he was killed because he was depending his own civilian of Panaruu and that is why we are called the Superior (Monyjang) Dinka. I hopes you digested my word. These two communities in Unity State are the peaceful communities in all over Southern Sudan. We do not long someone properties like the way Nuer people do. If you said that Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom and Dinka Panaruu Community of Panrieng have involved in fights, can you tell me how many Generals rebelled against SPLM/SPLA from Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom and Dinka Panaruu Community of Panrieng County from ever since and until this current time? Nuer always claim that they are majority than Dinka,but this is a stupid thing. What you should have to know you people of Nuer is that, you will die stupid and useless.

          My friend Nuer problem is not the problems for everybody. I know when one of Nuer General rebelled, he rebelled for the seek to look for food, but not for the seek to liberate his own people like the way Dinka people always died in any angle of Sudan. Those whom Arabs people in Khartoum know very well as the superiors and the warriors in Sudan are Dinka. Nuer on the other hands, they are considered as the second use, or second hand. My friend I think you are not going to compete with me. If we go now to Khartoum, I think I will be the first person to get killed than you. Do you know the reason? Because, I’m from Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom. We Dinka in general, we do not give any inch to Arabs. We are not like Nuer who killed his own brother for food. Shame on you Gokmethitiit. I WILL NEVER STOP ABUSING NUER PEOPLE, UNLESS THERE IS A CHANGE AMONGST THEMSELVES.

          By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 19 March 2011 08:07, by Ajok Garang

      Mr odingo doesnot know anything about Nuer ,we need to let him now ,

      Here Nuer is brave when its come to looting but not brave when we are fighting the NCP ,their politician ran to the northern Government when there was crisis in the SPLA due to bush war which does not allow them to eat good food ,

      If they are brave ,why don’t they help the SPLA and betray ther own brothers ??,what i know and saw ,a good nuer love positions with no armbitions in mind .

      In yei sudan you find the chapati rollers and the cassava seelrs having alot of stars at their shoulder even donot know anything about the war of Liberations but they know about the war of food and looting .

      In 1991 as you mentioned nuer invaded Bor when all women and kids were left and everyone who is able to fight when to Ethiopia due to patriotism ,
      now take up your arms and come and we see .

      Just ask any one not from Dinka ,if you put two people to live in the society and ask the public to chose among the nuer and the Bor or Dinka in General ,i think no one will make a mistake to live with the animal nuer who may turn later and agianst the person who helped him .

      With Bor not because they are coward as you talked of ,they are tolerance and patriotic about our country atleast the World Knows that and we don’t belive in revenge and those are the qualities of a good leader and they will rule you for thousnad years with out complain .

      if you need to fail a nuer in the interview just ask him to go and loot or killed which is contarally to the universal declarations of Human rights and will fail the interview .

      Why do your politicians love leadership when they donot know leadership ??

      Being physically fit can not make someone a humanbeing only that when you have brain that thinks ,Nuer who have gone to school still come the way their grand grand grand fathers think and they are the radical to change .

      Look arround where nuer lives them selves and you will make a remark your self and you will come to realise the trust on the Ground .
      You will be slaves of the NCP one day if you donot talk to your fellow Nuer to change their barbaric way of live .

      I know nuer more than you know brother and do not compare Bor and the general dinka to the animal nuer interm of valuve ,

      Here in the USA they are the mjority being arrested 24hrs because of too much crime they do ,example stealing ,breaking laws ,fighting in the US which not nuer land .so here we should not denny the trust .
      Mr Odingo you should not that leaders are borned not apointed according the Greek Philosopher Plato ,so nuer were borned naturally to be common man according to plato .

      A common men who donot have vission and only have all the characters of nuer tribe .

      Nuer still think they way they think in 1800 not even today .
      You are all southern sudanese and you love being slaves to NCP .

      Ajok Garang .

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      • 19 March 2011 10:48, by Dakin

        U pple can bark as loud as a toothles bulldog, u must b from de disgraceful tribe of Dinka Bor. So talkative greedy n cowards. U r not even supose 2 talk here bcoz u hav no pple serving in de frontline Abyei or Bentiu. Aren’t u afraid 2 talk against us. U r a veri weak Dinka z can’t defen hrself agains a singl Nuer clan near u. shut up!!

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        • 19 March 2011 14:24, by Ajok Garang

          How many nuer have been to frontline ? you are bettling there among your self ,there is no arabs you are fighting with instead you are flexible ,you support the NCP in one hand and later you come and join the SPLA and from the SPLA you breakaway ,but your rebelions is nothing as we know that the foundations of New sudan is intiatated and amended by Dinka the men who don’t surrender themseves even when there is crisis like the way you are weakhearted ,you can easily be convince like prostitute .

          If we were coward ,then why do we break away in 1993 and later you came and joined after your eyes been covered with the doom of the Arabs ,even now look at what you are doing in the struggle ,
          you are brave as you mentioned but why don’t you succeed with your Arabs since the start of the strugle as we know that Nuer and Riak defected to Khartoum in 1991 and many years and now you shouting that you are brave .
          Coward dinka Bor as you said has got more history and value compare to the stupid and backward majority in Jongle state .
          Now you have known the frontline but why are you rebeling against the SPLA ? yet you have been given many seat even with iliterate or un educated nuer ,
          You nuer donot know the meaning of being a good citizens you love slavery like nothing ..

          Can you tell us about the goodness of Nuer apart from being greedy and being slave in mind !!!
          you have no different with bamboos of Congo and the rest of the animals .
          You are talking about defend ,what do you defend about from looting ? i even know now one can be brave when you cowardised to the Arabs and you claimbed being brave when you loot food and other items .

          Let me tell you even the Arabs will not appreciate you of what you are doing to them ,you are just blind fool with pounds and fake dollars .
          and you will be soon be slaves to the Arabs even when you are like helping the Arabs at this point .

          Never open your mouth on this website we all know about the goodness of the socalled nuer ,who are you to compare your self to Dinka Bor who are kind and faithful and even endurence .without the Dinka Bor you would be fuck and fuck by your masters Arabs with no fear good enought God save you from them .
          No single Nuer who will be a leader of South Sudan unles all the jaang or Dinka is dead .or we give the chance to other tribe who respect the law of human rights .
          Never talk against Dinka Bor God will curse you because they are the who gave you that chance of being general of the day even when you are shoe shiner ,we have the history like the people of Isreal in the Bible and this will be known by all people of the World .

          Ajok Garang .

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          • 19 March 2011 21:08, by Gokmethitiit

            Hi Ajok Garang,
            Your great learning of drinking wine/alcohols in the USA is driving you mad and for sure you may not make it back to Southern Sudan. Please take note the ways you express the your self and the general dinka does not truly qualified to possess the characteristics of good leader as you talks. Your God Salva Kiir is not an angel who can not die, is human being like you and me and soon may end up dying in plane crush or alcoholics places.
            If you Dinka Are good rulers, why there is increased death every minute in Southern Sudan?
            I thought those who went to USA can think better but to my surprise, your are promoting the initiatives of tribal fighting.
            You only think of your own stomach but we the Nuer think for the right of the majority.
            please come to south sudan and the see the situation by your self. Dinka are well known of their behaviour for food and not the Nuer please.
            Please what does the word Jang means to you? and in our Languang it means slave/food eater

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            • 20 March 2011 08:10, by Ajok Garang

              MR GOK ,you are right people are dying in Southern sudan because of the Nuer’s rebeloin being fuel with Arabs influences that always attract their attentions ,let me tell you that almost all the rebel in Upernile and Jonglei state and else where in southern sudan are all from nuer not dinka ...Can you tell me a new rebel being supported by Dinka ?? .
              look at nuer politicians all where they are lying ,simpliy you will find that all are supporting the NCP .

              I told you nuer love postion which they can not afford or may be they need to be like the Dinka but will never be .

              you have not known Dinka how they are good up to this time ,that mean you are not a real humanbeing brother .being majority is useles unles you have got littile number of people with vision not like the huge nuer which is big for nothing ,

              you are all traitors of southern sudan and thats why its bad to have national like you who are dual citizens in nautre ,example you have got the nuer of Ethiopia who are distablising Ethiopia ,but for the case of Dinka in Africa God only put them in to Southern Sudan ,you find them in other countries but still knows that they are southern sudanese .

              Without Dinka Mr ,where would you be with your dad and mom ? i think they paved you the light to see the future of your own self and now you are complaining of Dinka being the worse ,

              You see a woman can not admit how her husband have been helpful to her ,she admit her husband when the husband is dead and there the woman can really tell the rest of her friends about her husband was good to her ,the same to nuer you will admit Dinka may be when they are dead .

              Better me who is taking my wine and know southern sudan ,what about the nuer who are have been arrested due to stealling and rape here in the US ??

              Never talk about plane crush ,all us would die any time but Don’t pray for the death of your masters Dinkas soon Arabs would get a chance to dorminate us .

              a woman from any dinka region is compared to 100 men from Nuer interm of visionary mind .

              Mr we have many nuer who are holding PHDs but still think that it is Good for us to be with Arabs and donot know the impact of being with Arabs and thats why you find that the rebelions they make is always facing the southern sudan but will not win the SPLA .

              If Nuer is going to rule southern Sudan ,then we are in a doom God shuold not allwow that ...
              people who donot know human rigthts and other rights in regards to human beings ,you love money ,loots ,sexs ,slavery and many evil activities that does not show any sign of being civilised .

              A good nuer is the one who rebel against the government of the strong nations SPLA ,and becuase of food a nuer can not survied in the bush .

              Just ask any natioanl appart from sudanes else where in the World about Dinka and Nuer ,that person will not talk about the goodness of the socalled Nuer my freind .

              We have liberated you in the hand of Arabs and soon you need us to go back to the outdated days of darknes ,Our leaders and the new generations will allows traitors nuer to govern the country based on nuer culture .

              Natural laws are in Dinka customary law which are spelledout in the constitution exmaple ’’do not kill or mder ,donot commit adultery and other rights that goes with human naure ’’ but nuer has broken those because the culture of nuer is to loots ,kill ,robery and not forgetting being traitors .

              In southern sudan you have contributed to a smaller extent in the struggle beacuse we have some good nuer who have been with Dinka not grew in the hostile culture of nuer .

              In America the good nuer who will come to southern sudan are those who live with dinka in the same area .because we are good at advising them not to go astray .

              All the malitias in southern sudan are led and are nuer in nature .

              Go to unity state and see those malitias there and you will find the truth there .

              Ajok Garang .

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